Telefónica Ventures

Corporate Venture Vehicle for strategic investments. We aim to address the big challenges facing Telco industry and create new businesses and verticals aligned with the Core strategy from Telefónica.

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This is how we invest

Telefónica invests, directly in startups or through a network of leading VC’s funds in key markets, to build strategic partners fully aligned with Telefónica global strategy. We are an open ecosystem, we fuel Telefónica’s business globally with local presence.

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Investment Thesis

We invest tickets from €350K to €5m in minority and strategic stakes of product-market fit and Early Growth stages directly, and indirectly through a network formed by the main Venture Capital funds leading in key markets for the group where Telefónica Ventures is a Limited Partner. The startups are sponsored by a Telefónica top executive and have a working plan to scale in our business areas.

Timeline

How we invest

In Telefónica Ventures we invest through three vehicles:

Direct Investments

We invest in startups with a global impact across the Telefónica’s value chain, sponsored by our technical areas and with a working plan to be deployed within Telefónica’s footprint.

Indirect Investments

Investments through our network of VC Funds, which have presence in key innovation ecosystems for Telefónica. They bring us operational partnerships, strategic insights, and deal flow opportunities.

Leadwind

We invest in ‘deep tech scaleups’, fast-growing startups with a disruptive and transformative technology base, located in Southern Europe and Latin America. This independent venture capital fund is open to public and private investors.

Where we invest

DIRECT INVESTMENTS
  • Digital Customers: Home, Healthcare, Fintech, Energy, Entertainment
  • B2B: Cyber, IoT, Cloud y Data
  • Next Generation Network
VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDS
  • Telefónica Markets: Spain, UK, Germany, Brazil and Hispam (Colombia, Peru and Mexico)
  • Strategic Markets: US and Israel
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Telefónica Ventures in the world:

Startups located in the best tech ecosystems: US and Israel.Startups with operations in the highlighted Telefónica footprint: Spain, Brazil, UK, Germany, Colombia, Peru and Mexico.

Telefónica Ventures Portfolio

Aerial

Connectivity
USA
USA
Aerial, founded in Canada, leverages existing WiFi signals to detect motion and recognise activity. Aerial’s technology analyses distortions and fluctuations in WiFi signals to detect motion, and uses machine learning to unlock the motion’s meaning.

Alias Robotics

Cybersecurity
Europe
ESP, GER
Alias Robotics is a Spanish, robot cyber security company. Founded upon previous experiences in robotics, they take a roboticists’ approach to cyber security and deliver security solutions for robots and their components.

Altiostar

Connectivity
Global
Global
Provides a 5G-ready virtualized open RAN software solution that supports open interfaces and disaggregates the hardware from the software to build an open multi-vendor web-scale network.

Amobee

Digital Marketing
USA
USA
A mobile advertising platform offering end-to-end mobile advertising solutions and services for advertisers and publishers.

Assia

Connectivity
USA
USA
Delivers broadband solutions for leading service providers across the globe.

BigML

Artificial Intelligence
USA
USA
Sophisticated Machine Learning-based solutions affordably by distilling the predictive patterns from their data into real-life intelligent applications usable by anyone.

The team

We are the Telefónica Ventures team. Our goal is to find and finance startups that can be strategic partners of Telefónica and provide differential technology, new products and, above all, help to gain time to market in an essential way.

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